While hanging out on Twitter an interesting question was put on the table:
@Gidi_Traffic Naija Computer Scientists, is it possible to come up with a
mathematical formula/equation to accurately predict Lagos traffic?
Understandably the question was met with ridicule but Lagos traffic can indeed be predicted to some degree of
accuracy based on the input parameters. The next question is, what are the parameters? Public holidays, weekends,
weekdays (how many people are around?), road width, construction, accidents, time of day(rush hour?), weather,
landmarks (e.g. Church on Sunday)?
Google, in their last
g|Nigeria Conference 2012 made
mention of using IT to tackle real-life problems Objectively instead of Subjectively. In this context, gathering enough data
over a long period of time (years) can then be statistically analyzed in order to make accurate predictions. Imagine the
possibilities? Knowing what road has the most accidents? Predicting criminal patterns in the state? etc.